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Love affairs of the Courts of Europe

Thornton Hall

Book Overview: 

The best stories are written by life itself, and that is why Thornton Hall has collected real life love stories in this volume. All the Princes Charming and the Fair Maidens of these stories are historical figures, which have at one time played their roles at one of the many Courts of Europe. Hall's writing style is entertaining and easy to follow, and though he may be guilty of embellishing the stories, the flourishes only add to their charm.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .German potentates who assumed more than the airs and arrogance of kings. Though his duchy was no larger than an English county, Philip had his ambassadors at the Courts of Vienna and Versailles; and though he had neither courtiers, army, nor exchequer, he lavished his titles of nobility and surrounded himself with as much state and ceremonial as any Tsar or Emperor.

But exalted and serene as was His Highness, he was caught as helplessly in the toils of the Princess Aly as any lovesick boy; and within a week of making his first bow had her installed in his Castle of Oberstein, after satisfying the most clamorous of her creditors with borrowed money. That there might be no question of obligation, the Princess repaid him with the most lavish promises to redeem his heavily mortgaged estate with the millions she was daily expecting from Persia, and to use her great influence with Tsar and Sultan to support his claim to the Schleswig and Holstein duchies. And that . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This collection of short non-fiction tales are in the most part entertaining.

The book concentrates on relationships between nobles of France, and of Russia.

I’m not sure how accurate all these are, as Madame du Barry’s story ends differently to every other version I’ve read, including contemporary so

The author's real name was William de Redman Greenwood, and Thornton Hall was his pen name. His book ought to be called Love and Hate Affairs of the Courts of Europe, considering all the poisoning that goes on. You'll also loathe Peter the Great when the author gets done with him. But I enjoyed it b